Universities


Centre for the Study of Natural Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Scotland
We help our students locate themselves in the contemporary art and design landscape and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a fast changing world. Our research pushes the boundaries of art & design practice and involves partnerships with researchers from many other disciplines. We engage with science, develop cultural narratives, explore 21st century issues such as sustainability and create concepts and content for the digital economy. In all our research DJCAD acts as a creative hub facilitating the thinking of others by visualising, curating, prototyping, speculating and mapping.
More: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/about/

School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
The School of the Built Environment has a diverse and well established portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes. All of our MSc degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas can be studied via flexible distance learning through our online virtual learning platform. We have close links with industry and employers to ensure that our students receive the most up to date and relevant teaching, and that we provide industry with graduates who have the skills and experience necessary to meet their personal and career aspirations. All of our established programmes have accreditation from the relevant professional bodies. Heriot-Watt University is a research led organisation that provides a high quality postgraduate learning experience for its students. The School’s staff are research active across a wide range of subjects within the built environment, from structural engineering to housing policy, and SBE has an international reputation for high quality research. The School’s unique structure encourages cross disciplinary teaching and learning activities which give our students a real insight into the broader experience of working professionally within the built environment.
More: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/sbe/
See also the MSc. Sustainable Community Design (which I helped to create and teach on: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/course/327/

St. Andrews Sustainability Institute, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
The St Andrews Sustainability Institute (SASI) is a group of people at the University of St Andrews who are working towards a sustainable future for everyone. We are working towards this sustainable future by doing the classic things a university does – teaching undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate students, researching stuff, and knowledge transfer (sharing the knowledge with people other than students) as well as trying to be sustainable ourselves.
More: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/sasi/home/

University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland
The University provides access to undergraduate and postgraduate study, and research opportunities through a distinctive partnership of 13 colleges and research institutions. Each institution has its own character and contributes to the distinctive organisation that is the University of the Highlands and Islands. Some are relatively large colleges in the urban centres of the region such as Perth, Elgin and Inverness. Others are smaller institutions, including some whose primary focus is on research.
More: http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/about-uhi

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland
At The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, we see it as our social responsibility to design and build stimulating, sustainable and well-considered structures and spaces that reflect society’s aspirations.
More: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/about/faculties-schools-and-departments/faculty-of-design-and-technology/the-scott-sutherland-school-of-architecture-and-built-environment

School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
The School of Engineering and Built Environment offers flexible study options, including web-based distance learning, for both work-based learning purposes and to provide supporting material for full-time and part-time students. The School has more than 200 academics including Professors, Readers, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, and Research Assistants, and we have spent over £1.5m on research and knowledge transfer infrastructure in the last 2-3 years. We also have over 200 postgraduate and 35 PhD students from all over the world including the UK, China, France, Greece, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Taiwan. They are a highly valued and integral part of our academic community.
More: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/aboutus/

Advanced Sustainable Design, Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) is home to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture, some of which lead to professional accreditation.
More: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/edinburgh-college-art/architecture-landscape-architecture & http://www.ace.ed.ac.uk/asd/

Design Research, School of Design, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England
Doing without Design is not an option; the only question is whether design is done well or badly. In a world of global complexity design thinking is essential. The task today is to bring together disciplines of science, the humanities and the arts to create radically interdisciplinary ways of knowing and making. If design practices are to meet the challenges of our increasingly dangerous times then they must: make connections, make sense and make changes.
More: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/scd/research/?view=Standard

School of Architecture Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, England
The School is one of the largest and most dynamic schools of its kind in Europe. We are one of the few academic schools in the UK focusing exclusively on the built environment. … The broad emphasis of the School is on making and sustaining places which enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. From our analytical work on understanding contemporary places and place-making to our wide-ranging teaching in planning and design, the School forges new approaches to creating exciting synergies between education, practice and policy-making in the promotion of social cohesion, environmental sustainability and economic development.
More: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/about/

ae-lab, Department of Architectural Engineering, VUB, Belgium
æ-LAB is the research laboratory of the department of Architectural Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB-ARCH). The research within æ-LAB is focused on “the use of engineering tools to create architecture”. This approach is applied on three topics that ask for interdisciplinary studies: the design of lightweight structures, the issue of re-use, and the incorporation of 4D-design.
More: http://www.vub.ac.be/ARCH/ae-lab/about.php

Gund Institute for Ecologcial Economics, USA
The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary research, teaching, and service organization focused on developing integrative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. We conduct integrative research and service-learning projects on a broad range of topics, offer hands-on learning through our problem-solving workshops and courses, develop online teaching resources and international collaborations, and support professional and graduate education through our Graduate Certificates in Ecological Economics and Ecological Design. Learn more about the Gund community of students, scholars and practitioners by exploring our news, publications, and video archives, then contact us to help us build a sustainable, widely shared quality of life.
More: http://www.uvm.edu/giee/

California Institute of Integral Studies, USA
California Institute of Integral Studies is an accredited institution of higher education that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities and the Earth. The Institute offers interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative studies and leadership, integrative health, women’s spirituality, counseling, community mental health, and the arts. With its personal learning environment and supportive community, CIIS provides an extraordinary education for people committed to transforming themselves and the world.
More: http://www.ciis.edu/About_CIIS/CIIS_at_a_Glance/Mission_Statement.html